Newcastle Falcons to take on Georgia national team in August

28-Apr-2015

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By Mark Douglas

 

Newcastle Falcons' will take on Georgia in August in a game that Dean Richards calls an 'enormous test' for the Premiership side.

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed they will take on the Georgia national side on August 28 at Kingston Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The international challenge match will form part of the Rugby World Cup preparations for Georgia as well as a vital pre-season test for the Falcons.

Georgia will compete in Pool C of the 2015 Tournament which kicks off three weeks after the match versus Newcastle on September 18. They will play against world champions New Zealand as well as Argentina, Tonga and Namibia with the top two qualifying for the RWC Quarter Finals.

Dean Richards said: “It’s a huge honour for us to host such a proud rugby nation as Georgia at Kingston Park Stadium.

“They really are the emerging force of world rugby and with this being their full Rugby World Cup squad it will be an enormous test for us. A big number of the Georgian players are with clubs in France so they used to playing at the very highest levels week in week out.

“For us it will be a massive challenge ahead of the 2015-16 season. We’ll have a number of new players with the team who will be keen to make their mark. For our supporters it will be a great way to welcome in the new season and to whet their appetite for a momentous Rugby World Cup Tournament that will kick off just three weeks later.”

Georgia Director of Rugby Milton Haig said: “The match against Newcastle is a very important part of our final preparation stage going into the World Cup. We are very appreciative of Newcastle giving us the opportunity to play them and we are sure the fans of rugby in the area will enjoy the spectacle.”

To remind, Georgian Lelos will further play two warm-up matches before Rugby World Cup:

Georgia vs Canada at Molesey Road, Surrey. Georgia vs Japan at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester.

 

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